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Oral history interview with Robert Venturi, 1991 June 1-July 20

Oral history interview with Robert Venturi, 1991 June 1-July 20

Venturi, Robert, 1925-

Architect

Collection Information

Size: Transcript: 156 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 50 min.

Summary: An interview of Robert Venturi conducted 1991 June 1-1991 July 20, by Peter Reed, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.

Venturi discusses his childhood, education and early career; travelling to Rome; his relationships with Louis Kahn and Vincent Scully; writing "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture"; teaching at Yale University; his partnership with Denise Scott Brown; projects such as the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London, the house he built for his mother, the Guild House and the Seattle Art Museum; and architect/client, architect/contractor relationships in contemporary practice.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Venturi (1925- ) is an architect from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Provenance

This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.

Funding

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

Patrons must use transcript.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert Venturi, 1991 June 1-July 20. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.